PERF06092 2019 Introduction to Directing 1
This introductory module asks learners to consider the idea of a director/direction/directing. The module introduces learners to the foundations of direction as a collaborative process, encouraging them to develop basic skills, capacities and attitudes for effective interdisciplinary co‑authored work. Learners acquire an overview of the role, function and demands of directing/direction. Students get to explore key theatre directors, such as Stanislavsky, Brecht and Meyerhold for example, in an effort to examine different approaches to directing.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
develop ways of exploring and communicating with fellow creative collaborators to develop a shared understanding of a play for performance
explore scenes from the perspectives of the different disciplines involved in the creation of a performed work
acquire a basic understanding of the collaborative processes involved in directing scenes for performance
experience the practical evolution of a scene from a play to its performance
To develop an understanding of live performance
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module will be largely taught through practice-based learning, with lectures on key practitioners from time to time. Students will keep a record of key moments of their learning, demonstrating their research and reflection in a log book.
Learners are expected to participate in class discussions, independent research, and peer-to-peer learning.
Module Assessment Strategies
Director's analysis of a chosen scene from a published play 20%
Log journal (peer-to-peer feedback and reflective learning shown) 30%
Class contribution (in-class discussion, research, peer-to-peer feedback) 25%
Learners will direct a short play (with input from individual students) which will culminate in a final performance in front of an audience 25%
Directing 1 is a practical module and takes place in a flat classroom or black-box type space. It is co-taught between tutors from design, directing and acting. Learners are required to consider the demands of a director based on a published play. Students will explore texts for its factual dictates, as well as its inferred meaning.
Space, set, lighting, sound, and props will gradually become part of the learner's experience from a Director's POV.
Learners will get the opportunity to direct a scene with their peers in an effort to demonstrate the skills necessary to work with a creative team.
A range of theatre directors will be used to examine the different approaches to directing.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Log Book||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||30 %||OnGoing||1,3,4|
|2||Director's analysis of a chosen scene||Project||Assignment||20 %||End of Term||2,4,5|
|3||Class Contribution||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||25 %||OnGoing||1,2,3|
|4||A short play by the group||Practical||Assessment||25 %||End of Term||1,2,3,5|
Required & Recommended Book List
2009 The Director's Craft
ISBN 0415404398 ISBN-13 9780415404396
This text presents a practical guide to directing in theatre. The author provides a beginner's guide to the process, with specific advice on every aspect of working with actors, designers, and the text.
2004 So You Want to be a Theatre Director? Nick Hern Books
ISBN 1854597795 ISBN-13 9781854597793
2010 Contemporary European Theatre Directors
ISBN 0415462517 ISBN-13 9780415462518
Examining the work of theatre directors in the 'New Europe', this collection of profiles sets out the historical and aesthetic context for these directors' work. It features seven interviews with selected directors on their work and roles within the European cultural landscape.
2017-09-01 Directing Scenes and Senses Oxford University Press
ISBN 9781526123015 ISBN-13 1526123010
Delgado, M. and Rebellato, D. (2010) Contemporary European Theatre Directors. Abingdon: Routledge.
Innes, C. and Shevtsova, M. (2009) Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Mitchell, K. (2009) The Director's Craft: a handbook for the theatre. London: Routledge.
Mitter, S. and Shevtsova, M. (2005) Fifty Key Theatre Directors. Abingdon: Routledge.
Shepherd, S. (2013) Direction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Schneider, Rebecca and Gabrielle Cody (Eds.), Re: Direction: A Theoretical Guide, (London: Routledge, 2002)
Bloom, Michael, Thinking Like a Director: A Practical Handbook, (New York: Faber and Faber, 2001)
Braun, Edward, The Director and the Stage: From Naturalism to Growtowski, (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982)
Mitter, Shomit, Systems of Rehearsal, Stanislavsky, Brecht, Growtowski and Brook, (London: Routledge, 1992)
Brook, Peter. The Empty Space, (NY: Touchstone, 1996)
Braun, Edward. The Director and the Stage, (London: Methuen Drama, 1982)
Leiter, S. L. The Great Stage Directors, (New York: Facts on File, 1994)
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